- How long does the test last?
- What does the test cover?
- When is the test offered?
- How many times can you take the test?
- How is the HSPT scored?
- Is there a penalty for guessing?
- Are calculators permitted on the test?

- How long does the ISEE last?
- What are the various levels?
- What is the format of the test?
- How is the ISEE scored?
- Is there a penalty for guessing?
- Are calculators permitted on the ISEE?
- What is the cost of the ISEE?
- When is the test offered?

- How long does the test last?
- What is the format of the test?
- What are the various levels?
- How is the SSAT scored?
- Is there a penalty for guessing?
- Are calculators permitted on the test?
- When is the test offered?

2 hours and 30 minutes.

Back to the TopThe HSPT is broken up into 5 sections on Verbal Skills, Quantitative Skills, Reading, Mathematics, and Language with 3 optional sections of Science, Mechanical Aptitude, and Catholic Religion.

Back to the TopThe HSPT offered by individual schools at times and dates they select. Check with the school you're interested in to see when they will be offering it.

Back to the TopThe raw score (the number of correct answers) for each section is converted to a standard score and then a national percentile ranking. Composite scores for Total Cognitive Skills (verbal and quantitative sections), Total Basic Skills (reading, math, and language sections), and Battery Composite (verbal, quantitative, reading, math, and language sections) are computed in the same way.

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Back to the Top2 hours and 20 minutes for Lower, and 2 hours and 40 minutes for Middle and Upper. Additionally, there are two 5 minute breaks following the Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics Achievement sections.

Back to the Top- Lower: entrance to grades 5 – 6
- Middle: entrance to grades 7 – 8
- Upper: entrance to grades 9 – 12

Section |
Questions |
Length |

Verbal Reasoning |
34 questions |
20 minutes |

Quantitative Reasoning |
38 questions |
35 minutes |

Reading Comprehension |
25 questions |
25 minutes |

Mathematics Achievement |
30 questions |
30 minutes |

Essay |
1 prompt |
30 minutes |

Section |
Questions |
Length |

Verbal Reasoning |
40 questions |
20 minutes |

Quantitative Reasoning |
37 questions |
35 minutes |

Reading Comprehension |
36 questions |
35 minutes |

Mathematics Achievement |
47 questions |
40 minutes |

Essay |
1 prompt |
30 minutes |

Section |
Questions |
Length |

Verbal Reasoning |
40 questions |
20 minutes |

Quantitative Reasoning |
37 questions |
35 minutes |

Reading Comprehension |
36 questions |
35 minutes |

Mathematics Achievement |
47 questions |
40 minutes |

Essay |
1 prompt |
30 minutes |

The raw scores (the number of correct answers) from the first four sections are converted to scaled scores ranging from 760 to 940 and stanine scores (based on percentile ranks) ranging from 1 to 9. The essay is not scored, but it is sent to the schools to which you are applying.

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Back to the TopA family pays $105 when their child is testing as part of a large group administration, either paper/pencil or online. Small group testing at an office is $175 and an individual administration at a Prometric testing center is $185. Additional fees apply for phone registration, late registration and walk-in registration. Fee waivers are available for families in need, and ISEE test site schools decide which students receive waivers.

Back to the TopOnline administration is available on-demand, any day, any time. Paper/pencil administration is available at ERB member schools, ERB offices, and over 400 Prometric sites in the U.S. and abroad at various times. A listing of Prometric locations in Houston can be found on page 6 of the following document . Students may register to take the ISEE once in each of three testing seasons: Fall (August – November), winter (December – March), and Spring/Summer (April – July). ISEE does not encourage multiple testing, but they do offer students that option. Scores are available within a week of testing.

Back to the Top3 hours and 5 minutes for Middle and Upper; 2 hours and 5 minutes for Elementary. Additionally, there is one 15 minute break for Elementary and one 5 minute and one 10 minute break for Middle and Upper.

Back to the TopSection |
Questions |
Length |

Quantitative/Math |
30 questions |
30 minutes |

Verbal |
30 questions |
20 minutes |

Reading |
28 questions |
30 minutes |

Writing |
1 prompt |
15 minutes |

Experimental |
15 – 17 questions |
15 minutes |

Middle and Upper

Section |
Questions |
Length |

Writing Sample |
1 prompt |
25 minutes |

Quantitative I |
25 questions |
30 minutes |

Reading |
40 questions |
40 minutes |

Verbal |
60 questions |
30 minutes |

Quantitative II |
25 questions |
30 minutes |

Experimental |
16 questions |
15 minutes |

Elementary: Students currently in Grades 3-4

Middle: Students currently in Grades 5-7

Upper: Students currently in Grades 8-11

SSAT scores are broken down by section (verbal, quantitative/math, reading). Your raw score is converted to a scaled score (ranging from 300 to 600 for Lower, 440 to 710 for Middle, and 500 to 800 for Upper). The total score is the sum of the scores from the three sections. Your score report will also include your SSAT percentile, which compares your performance with that of other students of the same grade and gender who have taken the SSAT in the previous three years.

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Back to the TopA listing of testing centers is available at the SSAT Testing Center website. The test is offered 8 Saturdays per year and at other times by individual schools. Fees and dates are available on the SSAT Registration website.

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